Former court administrator pays restitution, avoids jail time

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 5, 2017

 Former Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court administrator Julie Ann Moore, who on Feb. 23 pleaded guilty in 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit to embezzling funds, paid restitution and will not face jail time.

Former Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court administrator Julie Ann Moore, who on Feb. 23 pleaded guilty in 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit to embezzling funds, paid restitution and will not face jail time.

File photo by Deb Jacques

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DETROIT — A former Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court administrator who was facing a 30-day jail sentence for embezzling money from the court has paid back the money and will not serve time.

Former Court Administrator Julie Ann Moore, 47, was to begin her sentence on March 30 after she pleaded guilty Feb. 23 in 3rd Circuit Court to one count of embezzlement by agent, trustee or employee over $20,000. Judge James Chylinski presided over the case.

As part of her agreement, if Moore paid back the funds by March 30, she would not serve any jail time.

On her sentencing date last Thursday, Moore returned to Chylinski’s courtroom. It was confirmed that she paid back $22,566 in restitution, plus court costs of $1,800 for a total of $24,366.

Although she avoided spending time in jail, Moore will still have a felony conviction for embezzlement by agent, trustee or employee over $20,000.

At press time, Moore’s attorney, Stephen Rabaut, could not be reached via telephone for comment.

After an investigation conducted by the Michigan State Police, Moore was charged Aug. 17 in connection with the embezzlement of court funds. She was prosecuted through the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Asked last month about Moore and the embezzling case, Woods Municipal Court Judge Theodore Metry said, “I was very disappointed in someone I put a lot of trust in.”

The incident did not affect how users viewed the court. Last month, Michigan Courts Communications Director John Nevin issued a news release to announce that the Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court had received high marks for the fourth year in a row from members of the public regarding their experiences with the court.

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